9 February 2001. Thought for the Week: "Now all this is absolutely symptomatic of the philosophy which is driving the World to destruction. The cure for every evil is to drown it in an attractively presented variant of itself.
The cure for temporary floods is permanent lakes, the cure for poverty is more taxation and compulsory insurance (i.e., taking more money away and only giving some of it back), the cure for Monopoly is nationalisation (i.e., super-monopoly), the cure for national wars and tyrannies is super-national wars and tyrannies, and the cure for those is the World State, with its chronic tyranny and civil war; and for that there seems no cure unless it is death and chaos, and a return to the Dark Ages.
It is high time that the instinct of self-preservation began to rise superior to the dreadful fear of being called 'unprogressive' or 'against the trend'."
"On Planning the Earth" by Geoffrey Dobbs, 1951
THE CORRUPTION OF BALLOT-BOX DEMOCRACY
by Jeremy Lee
No ballot paper will list choices on issues, i.e.: . "Should there be a limit on taxes?" "Should taxpayers have a right to say how their taxes are spent?" . "Should we increase or decrease immigration?" "What should we do about illegal refugees?" . "Should we restore a 'peoples' bank'? "Should we limit imports to what we can pay for by exports, instead of incurring foreign debt?" . "Should interest-rates be variable? Or should there be a ceiling on interest rates by law?" . "Should Australia continue seeking foreign investment and ownership? Or should we change to a policy of increasing Australian ownership of our industries and assets?" . "Should voting be voluntary or compulsory? Should preferential voting be voluntary, compulsory, or scrapped altogether?" . "Should international treaties take precedence over domestic provisions of the Australian Constitution?" . "Should the full Parliament consider the signing of treaties? Should the States have any say?" . "Should the Government create Australia's money requirements? Or should this be left with private banks?" . "Are Australia's defences adequate? Should we re-develop regional citizens' defence forces as a supplement to our permanent Defence?" - and so on and so on.
There is nothing to stop the inclusion, with every ballot, of such a list of questions, to be filled in voluntarily and placed in a special box by each voter who feels so inclined. It should be compulsory to publish the number and percentages on each question.
The art of politics in 2001 is to frustrate any choice by the people on key issues. This was bearable, even if unjust, when Representatives could vote on conscience in Parliament and there was genuine opposition. But the major parties are mere sinecures of each other and what they used to be. The result is the beginning of a stampede towards minor parties and independents - the beginning of a revolt against party perversions which has the major parties jittery. So endless permutations are dreamed up to frustrate any chance of an improvement to the status quo.
Compulsory preferential voting is an obvious example. Take the case of the Queensland election, now in full swing. National Party leader Rob Borbidge, heading a party with no credulity or relevance left, took it upon himself to issue orders that no preferences were to be given to the re-emerged One Nation, which he placed below Labor. He has spent the last few months attacking the proved Labor rorts, but prefers Labor to One Nation!
But reality has rolled over Mr. Borbidge. His own party has overturned his edict - not because it favours free choice for voters, but because stark reality is staring it in the face. If the Nationals are to succeed - a faint chance indeed - they need every preference they can get, and they know the huge disaffected vote which stymied the Coalition at the last State election is, if anything, larger than last time. One Nation is back in Queensland - not with any merit of its own, but as a hammer which the hugely disaffected electorate will use to club the corrupt, servile, self-serving major parties.
Labor leader Beattie, who is at least more human and intelligent than his Coalition counterparts, has said he will not allocate Labor preferences - it is up to voters to decide for themselves. Nice one, Mr. Beattie!
THE FEDERAL ELECTION
Prime Minister John Howard, described by one wit recently as a "duck-billed platitude" has been doing a bit of foraging of his own in the real world of the electorate, as opposed to the Alice-in-Wonderland world of "growth", "globalism" and "exports". To his surprise showing thousands of Australian families unable to put sufficient food on the table are the real issues so, the issues he thought had been swept aside by his lordly statesmanship are still out there.
His decision not to reduce the impact of outrageous petrol prices will return to haunt him, as many of his hard-pressed backbenchers will attest. Poverty, the BAS haunting small businesses, the Dairy Industry disaster, growing unemployment and the recently-released survey which his government will have to contend over the rest of this year.
Stephen Koukoulas, writing in The
Australian Financial Review (29/1/2001) summed it up thus:
"Suggestions that Australia is heading for recession were
kiboshed by the Prime Minister, John Howard, and his Treasurer,
Peter Costello. " Yet the murmuring of a looming recession
has been inspired by dismal business confidence surveys, a
slump in housing and consumer spending, falling employment
and job ads and a severe deterioration in the global economic
outlook. Stunningly low inflation outcomes following the fall
of the $A, the oil price rise and the introduction of the
GST from last July only added to the perception that the economy
It may have been lost to politicians who have not had to tighten their belts in the slightest, but hundreds of thousands of Australians know exactly what a recession is. They and their families are experiencing it. And they have votes. All the glib Howard and Costello slogans that "our fundamentals are sound" won't wash when it comes to voting.
RECESSION IS HERE FOR MANY
Under the heading GET READY FOR YOUR
VERY OWN RECESSION, The Australian (29/1/2001) quoted
Mr. Saul Eslake, chief economist for the ANZ bank. Mr. Eslake
said businesses who were not supplying to government - about
55 percent - were going to find it tough: " ....Mr. Eslake
said ANZ's survey of newspaper job advertisements showed a
fall of 22 percent in the past six months to the worst level
since 1990. The GST, the Olympics, rising interest rates,
the collapse of the dollar, higher petrol prices and even
the money forked out by shareholders for Telstra 2 had contributed
to the slowdown ....Mr. Eslake said the fact that many businesses
were set to pay two tax bills - for 1999-2000 and the current
year - at one time was compounding the profit squeeze and
the choking of cash flow. He said profit in a cash flow sense
was critically important for business owners' decisions about
investment and employment.
Compounding Mr. Eslake's forecasts is
the fact that the United States provides 25 percent of the
world's export markets. It has been running a massive current
account deficit with the rest of the world, of over $US1 billion
every 24 hours. Nations round the world have hooked their
survival, and their ability to pay the world's bankers, on
to exporting to the US. A feature article in The Australian
A slow down in Asia will decimate Australia's exports. Hence, under today's insane rules, when the US sneezes, Australia catches cold. Look at the cycle. International banks, with head offices on Wall Street, lend money round the world and send out their affiliated multinationals to set up businesses to export back to America. Borrowing nations are hooked into exports as a means of paying back the international banks! If the US stops buying exports, all these 'hooked' nations go into crisis or receivership. Australia, despite being in natural terms the richest country in the world per capita, is numbered among them.
As C.H. Douglas and the Southampton Chamber
of Commerce pointed out over 60 years ago, nations do not
and should not have to depend on their exports for their incomes!
The true purpose of trade is to exchange surpluses for domestic
satisfaction. The debt system has distorted this into "export
or perish". As Douglas pointed out in a well known address,
this is a primary cause of war.
LOOKING FOR ALTERNATIVES
The existing crisis keeps elevating the sanity of what Douglas had to say into ever-increasing prominence. For those looking for an alternative to the existing perversion of crippled ballot-box democracy, Douglas outlined the only possible alternative to violence. He called it the Electoral Campaign idea. But it can only happen when there is enough pain to persuade people to look for another way.
Speaking to a conference of Social Crediters
in London on June 26th, 1937, Douglas described it thus: "
In the Electoral Campaign, the action is perfectly simple;
you have to get an undertaking on the part of a sufficient
number of people to bring effective pressure, by methods which
are perfectly well known to everybody here, to bear upon the
Member of Parliament so that he will do what you want; that
is to say, you have got to make your Member of Parliament
a representative - not a delegate...... The fundamental fact
is the sovereignty of the people, but at the present time
we are not exercising our sovereignty at all ...."
All of which sounds simple. But timing and the issue are all-important. We have recently heard about a Liberal back-bencher confronted by an ultimatum from a gathering of voters in Victoria. If she did not speak out and oppose Mr. Howard's policy on petrol taxes, each voter would put her last when voting at the next election. Her majority may not be big enough to take the risk of alienating voters. She is now facing pressures she has not experienced before. This should be happening in every electorate in Australia. The party label or otherwise of the Member does not matter. But it will only happen when enough of us can raise our energies to initiate such a development. The battle for Australia will be won in the electorates before meaningful changes occur in Parliaments.
NO LONGER JUST LOSERS, BUT 'BOZOs'
by Antonia Feitz
The Australian Consumers' Association IT and Communications policy officer, Charles Britton, commented that, "the people who can least afford it end up paying more, while those who can afford to pay online finish up with a lower bill" (Australian, 30/1/2001). Britton is worried that Telstra's lead will be copied by other companies. He said such a development would result in increased customer segregation and 'web-lining' which is the practice of writing off low-value customers. He said, "The distinction between high-value and low-value customers is big in marketing. They want to identify the BOZOs (below zero value customers). The problem with having a relationship with a company is if you're a BOZO it may want a divorce."
GLOBALISATION'S FATAL FLAW - INHUMANITY
by Antonia Feitz
Recently there has been a plethora of
glowing testimonies about the benefits of globalisation inevitably
referring to its 'inevitability'. In fact, these paeons to
globalisation are starting to sound a little panicky as the
opposition keeps growing and gets better organised. As a Times
report noted (reprinted in The Australian, 31/1/2001),
the mood at Davos this year was muted. The meeting last year
promised infinite riches from the new economy and as we all
know, that didn't happen. Michael Roux, an "international"
businessman and member of the WEF Davos global issues group,
confessed that until recently discussion about the social
divide caused by globalisation put many people, even politicians,
Roux absurdly claimed the Melbourne WEF "brought the issue home to Australia"! He even more absurdly claimed that groups "still perpetuate the cry they did not have a voice in discussions" because "all legitimate voices were invited to the Melbourne summit just as they have always been to the Davos summits during the past two decades".
Legitimate? Who decided whether voices were 'legitimate' or not? Who can afford to swan around the world anyway? The truth is that dissenters were routinely abused as Luddites, globaphobes and ignoramuses opposed to trade, and there was never any attempt to listen to them. Roux's snide remarks about the dissenters was contemptible: "The brightness of the spotlight as a dissenter, compared to the anonymity of being a participant in bringing about change is more attractive to these groups." Trying to save face he claimed that discussions on public anxiety about globalisation at Davos were not on the agenda because of the protesters. So why were they on the agenda then? As he previously confessed, until recently discussing public anxiety put globalists to sleep. His tone was reminiscent of an ineffectual school-teacher nagging his class.
Listen to these tired old globalist mantras
It's all just happening you see, like the rising and setting of the sun and the turn of the tide. Never mind that it has taken umpteen laws and treaties and the establishment of powerful supra-national institutions to enforce it, globalisation is 'just happening'. It's not, and to claim it is an insult to intelligence. There's no earthly reason why people have to accept the globalists' hideous plan. People don't want it and increasingly they're lumping it, much to the dismay and fury of the Rouxs of the world. They thought they had it all sewn up.
THE STORY OF BRIAN FYFFE - justice denied
The following assessment (from Neil Baird's E-mail News Report) of the story of a man named Brian Fyffe from Victoria, needs to considered by all law-abiding, freedom-loving Australians.
He writes: "This story is a story in
itself of corruption, obstruction of justice, victimisation,
etc. If true in all its respects, and I have no reason to
doubt that it is, then this portrays a very sorry state of
justice in the realm of Australia... In addition consider
that this action against Brian Fyffe of Victoria, similar
to that against John Wilson regarding usurious variable rate
bank loans, has only gone on as long as it has and caused
such personal hardships, because we have apparently dispensed
with one of the cardinal lynchpins of English Justice handed
down since Magna Carta, which is namely 'trial by jury', 12
good men and women, chosen randomly, in a way the Establishment
Mr. Baird asks his readers to "judge for yourself ... whether there is justice in Victoria or Australia". While the sad story of Mr. Brian Fyffe is far too long to be told in On Target, it is a story that is being repeated (not in every detail of course) right across this land. It is a story of the lack of justice in the realm of Australia - for some - and the story of an increasingly dictatorial State. For those who want to learn more contact firstname.lastname@example.org
by Betty Luks
Australians could take a leaf out of the FREE Association's book and insist on regularly held public forums where politicians are openly and seriously questioned not only on the policies they are pushing but more importantly on what they - that is the Queensland electors - want. It's not much good constantly lamenting the fact that politicians are pursuing policies the electorate does not want - the people have to devise the mechanisms to bring the politicians to account. The public forums are a way of doing this. It does not need to be a slanging match; the politician can be advised, firmly but politely, "these are the instructions we have for you as our Representative in Parliament". The key is to stop them 'dividing and ruling us'.
BUT WHAT OF THE MORAL BASIS OF TAXATION?
Geoffrey Dobbs, in his little booklet
"The Just Tax", reminded us that to concentrate only
upon representation by politicians was only half the battle
to be fought. "Whatever the degree of mercy or moderation
shown by the taxing power, or of 'equality of sacrifice' justice
in the Christian sense does not enter into the transaction
... until a contractual element begins to enter into" the
arrangement. This involves, Geoffrey writes, "government in
obligations to the people in return for the payments received".
To help in understanding the moral basis
he explains that the three aspects of taxation need to be
He observed that "When we only concern ourselves with the third aspect it is a sure sign that consent is lacking." I was reminded of this truth when reading Neil Baird's report about the corruption of our legal system and the origins of the jury system. Geoffrey Dobbs reminded his readers that much of the freedom we once took for granted was "brought for us by hard bargaining between our predecessors and their Norman rulers. When the burgesses of Leicester agreed with the Earl to pay a threepenny rate on gabled houses in the High Street in return for the right of trial by jury - instead of by combat - they got something specific and worth having for their money, and it was in this spirit that Parliament functioned in its early days..."
Now, how do we get the Christian Church leaders to take up their responsibility of being the 'conscience of the King' as originally understood? Believe or not, the Christian Church was "the great liberating influence which moderated the feudal system and established the concept of the free and responsible man of the Common Law, governed by his own consent", writes Geoffrey Dobbs.
"The Just Tax" by Geoffrey Dobbs is available from all League book services.
SYDNEY CONSERVATIVE SPEAKERS' CLUB 2001
The Sydney Conservative Speakers' Club request the pleasure of your company at the Tuesday Evening, February 27th, 2001, meeting. Guest speaker - Mr. Jeremy Lee. Subject - "Australia's Unique Position to Challenge the Menace of Globalisation". The venue is as usual: The Estonian Club, 141 Campbell Street, Sydney. Meeting commences at 7.30pm. The usual excellent supper will be provided. Entrance is $4 per person.
Date for your diary: Tuesday Evening, March 27th, 2001. Guest speaker - Mr. Welf Herfurt. Subject - "The Threat to Freedom & Democracy in Germany Today".
2001 INVERELL FORUM COMING UP - March 23rd-26thWe are pleased to 'give a plug' for the 2001 Inverell Forum. Over the years this annual event has gained the reputation of providing a platform for speakers of all shades of political opinion - from the most conservative to the most controversial. The organisers of the event aim to attract those who are genuinely concerned as to why Australia is going in the present direction. The speakers are lined up for the purpose of answer-ing the question, WHY, and what to do about it. For further details contact Inverell Forum, PO Box 987, Inverell, NSW, 2360. Phone (02) 6723 2351, Fax (02) 6723 2364. E-mail: email@example.com
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